WHAT WE DO
Peacebuilding through the Arts
Art is a universal language that has the ability to dissolve the differences that divide us.
CARAVAN builds sustainable peace around the world by creating artistic “encounter points” that bring together those of divergent backgrounds and worldviews to stimulate discussion, dialogue and education, promoting further understanding, with a vision toward healing our world and creatively fostering peace and harmony in all its forms. CARAVAN develops, organizes, curates and consults on artistic peacebuilding initiatives: group exhibitions, festivals, artist talks, lectures, online exhibitions, concerts, artist exchanges, symposiums, forums and film screenings. CARAVAN’s artistic initiatives are held in a wide variety of venues, from traditional art settings like museums to heavily trafficked “sacred spaces” and renowned public spaces, with the goal of taking their peacebuilding message beyond the traditional "art circles" and maximizing viewership and participation from the widest possible demographic.
CARAVAN artistically addresses the issues that contribute to conflict and disharmony in our world by promoting and inspiring the alternative – multicultural understanding, interreligious harmony, social justice, gender equality, environmental responsibility, ethnic diversity, inclusion, freedom of expression, food security, etc.
CARAVAN gives artists around the world a voice toward resolving today’s conflicts, providing a global platform for their creative expressions. As natural change agents, we believe that artists can lead the way by providing new pathways of understanding that transcend borders and how one sees the “other.” CARAVAN’s artistic initiatives have resulted in unprecedented gatherings of renowned and emerging artists from all over the world, coming together to use art for peacebuilding purposes on our global quest for a more harmonious future.
Art is the conversation. . .
Art offers an opening for the heart. . .
Art is, at least, the knowledge of where we are standing. . .
In this Wonderland. . .
We are partners straddling the universe.”
-HAFIZ, 14th century Persian poet